JJ Abrams courts Benicio del Toro for Star Trek 2
Star Trek director J.J. Abrams has confirmed that he has approached Oscar-winner Benicio del Toro with an offer of a starring role in Star Trek 2.
The major vacancy in the eagerly anticipated sequel is for a brand new villain, as Eric Bana’s misguided Romulan miner Nero was destroyed by a black hole at the end of 2009’s Star Trek, a surprisingly successful film which became the first in the Star Trek series to win an Oscar.
Abrams has been very coy, revealing only that a discussion – “not even negotiations” is underway. Obvious villain choices are some sort of Klingon (dude. Have you seen that forehead?) or Khan Noonien Singh, the super-strong cryogenically frozen villain who caused all sorts of shit in the original Star Trek TV series and returned in the franchise’s second film Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan. He was originally played by Mexican actor Ricardo Montalbán, so Puerto Rican-born del Toro would be a reasonably consistent choice (ignoring the fact that the character was nominally Indian). We’d like to see him play the Borg Queen, but nobody listens to us.